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Volleyball Defeats Marshall 3-1 on Senior Day

Culbertson and Gobbo recorded 18 kills combined in a 3-1 win over Marshall on Senior Day at the Donald W. Reynolds Center
Culbertson and Gobbo recorded 18 kills combined in a 3-1 win over Marshall on Senior Day at the Donald W. Reynolds Center
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TULSA, Okla. - Seniors Kellie Culbertson and Miriele Gobbo recorded 18 combined kills in a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 26-24) win over Marshall on Senior Day at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Sunday afternoon.

The outside hitter Culbertson recorded her 21st double-double of the season, which ranks fourth in school history for a single season, with 11 kills and 13 digs. The Long Beach, Calif., native has recorded 1,612 career digs, which ranks her second in school history. Her 1,090 career kills moves her up to fourth place in school history.

The middle blocker Gobbo added seven kills and had a .583 (7-0-12) hitting percentage, including recording five kills on six attacks for a .833 hitting percentage in the final set.

Junior middle blocker Carly Boatwright added nine blocks giving her 16 blocks over the weekend. As a team, TU (22-5, 11-1 C-USA) recorded 11.5 blocks against the Thundering Herd (14-15, 7-6 C-USA) and has recorded 31.5 blocks over the past three matches, averaging 2.86 blocks per set.

Freshman libero Brooke Berryhill recorded a team-high 18 digs, while junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine added 15 digs and six kills. Freshman setter Genesis Viera recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 assists and 10 digs, while junior setter Bailey Clampitt added 18 assists and eight digs. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Hooper added eight kills and seven blocks.

Marshall had an early four-point lead in the first set, 8-4, but the Golden Hurricane battled back outscoring the Thundering Herd 7-3 to tie it at 11. Marshall pushed its lead to four, 16-12, but the Hurricane scored four of the next five points to pull within two, 16-14. With Marshall leading 21-18, TU scored seven of the last nine points to take an early 1-0 match lead. El Houssine led TU with four kills, while Culbertson added three kills. TU converted 69 percent of its sideout opportunities.

With the score tied at 11 in the second frame, the Golden Hurricane scored five straight points to take a 16-11 lead. Marshall cut TU's lead to three, 17-14, but the Hurricane scored five straight points to extend its lead to eight points. TU would win the set by six points for a 2-0 match lead heading into the intermission. Hooper connected on three of four swings and Boatwright recorded five blocks as TU recorded 20 digs and 6.5 blocks.

Marshall had an early five point lead, 7-2 in the third stanza, but the Golden Hurricane battled back scoring seven of the next nine points to tie it at nine. The rest of the set would go back and forth as neither team would have a lead of more than two points. With the score tied at 19, the Thundering Herd scored six of the last seven points to cut TU's match lead to 2-1. Culbertson led TU with three kills and Berryhill added five digs.

The fourth set was very close as neither team had a lead of more than three points during the set and saw six lead changes and 11 tie scores. With the Golden Hurricane facing set point and Marshall up by three, 24-21, the Hurricane scored the final five points to win the match. Gobbo led TU connecting on five of her six attacks for a .833 hitting percentage, while Culbertson added six digs.

Marshall was led by Cassie Weaver with 16 kills, Sammie Bane with 52 assists and Dorothy Rahal with 24 digs. Weaver added 10 digs and Bane added 20 digs for a double-double. Laura Der also recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 22 digs, while Ally Kiekover added 13 kills. Lauren Legge recorded 12 kills.

The Golden Hurricane finishes the regular season in Texas as it travels to UTEP on Friday at 8 p.m. and UTSA on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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